Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series

Luke Kujacznski, executive director of Urban Alliance,  will give a presentation titled, “Mining Talent in Today's Economy” at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27. The presentation will take place in 1120 Schneider Hall.

The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.mReservations are required and can be made below or by calling (269) 387-5964. Free parking is available in Schneider Hall Lot 72R.

Luke kujacznski

Luke Kujacznski joined Urban Alliance as a volunteer after successfully starting and running a business in the construction industry. Over time, Kujacznski served in multiple positions including second director and interim director of the Momentum Urban Employment initiative.

In 2015, Kujacznski became executive director of Urban Alliance and led the organization to unprecedented growth. A staff of three part-time employees has grown to 15 full-time members and the operating budget has more than quadrupled to $2.5 million.

Kujacznski has a bachelor’s degree in management and leadership development as well as extensive for-profit business experience. He was selected by the Grand Rapids Business Journal as a “40 under 40” business leader for making a significant impact in West Michigan.

Urban Alliance has been an established local nonprofit since 2006, working with the community to provide unemployed and underemployed people with the life skills necessary to secure and maintain employment.

Haworth College of Business

Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business, one of the largest schools of business in the United States, is the academic home to more than 3,500 undergraduate students majoring in 18 specialized areas of business. An additional 500 graduate students study business administration and accountancy.

The Haworth College of Business is among an elite group of fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide that are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is among a select 1 percent of business schools worldwide that have additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accountancy programs.

About the series

The Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear top business leaders and WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current topics of interest.